Bear shot after rampage in Sapporo, Japan

Bear shot after rampage in Sapporo, Japan

Hunters shot dead a brown bear in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo after it raged in the city, injuring four people, including a soldier.

Authorities in Sapporo tweeted Friday that the bear had been “exterminated”, with a local television station claiming hunters shot the bear.

Earlier, dramatic news footage showed the bear leaping along a residential street, crossing a busy road and clawing at the doors of a military barracks, causing alarmed troops to disperse.

A soldier was injured in the bear rampage, which will host the Olympic marathon and walking events in August.

The brown bear on horseback in Sapporo Photography: JIJI PRESS / AFP / Getty Images

Another victim was mutilated by the bear after it attacked her from behind, TV footage showed. The person was taken on a stretcher.

The rampage has resulted in the closure of local schools and the cancellation of several flights at a small regional airport, NHK reported.

Earlier, government spokesman Katsunobu Kato had told residents of the Hokkaido area to be on alert.

“A total of four people, including a member of the Self-Defense Force, were attacked and injured by the brown bear. We express our sincere sympathy to them, ”he said.

“Sapporo city officials, Hokkaido police, a local hunting association and other relevant agencies arrived at the scene. They coordinate efforts to capture the brown bear or, if deemed necessary, exterminate it. “

One of the victims was in her 40s, one in her 70s and another in her 80s, according to NHK, who did not give details of the fourth.

Asian black bears are native to large parts of Japan, including the country’s main island, while brown bears roam Hokkaido further north.

The Japan Bear and Forest Society has warned that forest bears are spotted in greater numbers in areas inhabited by humans in search of food.


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